tv Al Jazeera World News LINKTV October 27, 2013 2:00pm-2:31pm PDT
avi: we've heard that menem's mafia in the courts and police is actually creating conflicts to bolster its law and order campaign. we get a midnight phone call but it's not from freddy. another factory has been evicted. the brukman suit factory. the police have fenced in the entire block and they're welding shut the factory gate.
they are trying to put us in the position of fighting back and actually the forces are so uneven that their oppression is going to be very hard. but for us it is like the moment of truth really, because actually what we are trying to defend is the main core of our democratic struggle at this very site. crowd: (chants in protest) (fence clangs shut)
crowd: (shouts in protest) naomi: if there's panic in the air tonight, it's because this isn't just any factory, it's the one that started it all. avi: this is what the brukman factory looked like when we first visited a year earlier. naomi: it left an indelible impression on me. here was an old school garment factory taken over by its 58 seamstresses. i've visited my share of garment factories in the developing world. what pervades them all is a sense of powerlessness. if workers demand better conditions, multinationals simply shut down and move. before their occupation, the women of brukman were in exactly that dilemma. the owners had slashed their salaries and were threatening to shut down. one day, the owners simply abandoned the factory.
the workers decided to keep it running and the rest is history. avi: the brukman women became a beloved symbol of argentina's new politics. they were adopted by the mothers of the plaza de mayo, the famous human rights crusaders who lost their children in the last military dictatorship. and the factory became an activist beacon with meetings by the sewing machines on weekends, and concerts in the street at night.
crowd: (chants) naomi: by day three of the standoff, word has gone out around the country and all the social movements send contingents to help get the factory back. crowd: (chant) avi: do you believe that you're going to get back in that building right behind us? naomi: the brukman women are now flanked by a crowd of thousands, separated from their factory by just a few metres of street, but a whole army of police.
naomi: when we first arrived in buenos aires, something strange happened. out of the blue a man handed me a letter. it read like a warning. man: "we are the mirror to look into, the mistake to avoid. argentina is the waste that remains of a globalized country. we are where the rest of the world is going." naomi: but what we saw in argentina was a country trying to learn from its mistakes. as the election runoff draws near, anger at menem and all he represents resurfaces. it's too strong for him to beat.
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